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How Much Muscle Can You Gain In A Month?

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Muscle Gain For Men And Women

On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, we answer a viewer question who asked how much muscle can you gain in a month for natural men and women?

This question is from #AskLiveLeanTV Ep. 007.

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Here’s today’s viewer question:

@Dex2Real on Snapchat asks: Can you gain muscle mass while Living Lean? How much muscle can you gain in a month for natural men and women?

Oh, good question because building muscle is one of our favorite topics.

The answer to the first part is obviously yes.

And that’s all we have to say about that.


Let’s go into it a little bit more, elaborate, and go more in depth, since that’s why we do these Q&A video posts.

Yes, you can definitely gain muscle mass while Living Lean

We’ll get to how much muscle you can gain in a month, in a bit.

A lot of people think that to gain lean muscle you have to also put on fat.

Not the truth.

Sure, a little bit of fat may come, but it depends on how fast you want to gain muscle, and how extreme you take it.

Bodybuilding vs Living Lean

I have nothing against bodybuilders and the bodybuilding world, but our healthy lifestyle approach to fitness is a little bit different.

Bodybuilders typically will go to more extremes with bulking to build muscle mass.

This means during a bulk, they will be in a bigger calorie surplus, while their activity level will go down a little bit.

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Based on this, you will see them bulk up faster and then they’ll have their season where they cut and get shredded as their weight goes down.

In my opinion, doing extreme bulks and cuts is not the healthiest thing for your body.

And when it comes to Living Lean, health is ultimately what we’re striving for.

So that’s why we don’t go through bulking and cutting phases.

Should I bulk or cut

Lean Muscle Gains = Slow Muscle Gains

When it comes to lean muscle building, we like to call it slow gains.

This means you may not gain muscle as fast, but you’re also not going to put on chubby body fat while you’re building muscle.

When you follow the lean gains approach to muscle building you are going to stay relatively lean during the process.

A good example of this is my Live Lean MASS 2.0 program.

Live Lean MASS 2.0

This will help you build muscle without adding bulky fat.

So to answer your first question about if it’s possible to build muscle while Living Lean, absolutely yes.

I did it, so it can be done.

In fact, I’ve never officially bulked, especially not a dirty bulk.

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However, I definitely put on muscle, but it was a slow gradual build.

That’s how I gained muscle without fat and that’s what I want other people to do.

Building muscle is not a race.

You don’t need to put on 25 pounds of muscle in a year.

It’s much healthier to focus on slow gains, plus you’ll enjoy it a lot more.

How Much Muscle Can You Gain In A Month?

Now, here’s what I recommend when it comes to setting a healthy goal for muscle gain.

Average muscle gain for natural males

  • 0.25 – 0.50 pounds of muscle per week
  • 1 – 2 pounds of muscle per month

Average muscle gain for natural females

  • 0.12 – 0.25 pounds of muscle per week
  • 0.5 – 1 pound of muscle per month

So on average, a guy can expect to build 2-3 pounds of muscle while following a 6 week muscle building program.

Building muscle also doesn’t follow a linear line of growth.

For example, don’t expect to continue to gain 2 pounds of muscle every single month, because you can’t just infinitely grow muscle.

Being lean makes you look bigger

The other benefit to being lean is you deceiving look like you have more muscle.

For example, a lot of people think I’m heavier than I really am.

I’ve heard people think I am 190 pounds, even though I’m only 175 pounds.

The reason for this is I have a low body fat percentage, which makes my muscles look bigger, more defined, and plump.

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I also don’t want to get any bigger.

At one point, I built up to 185 pounds, but I just didn’t feel as athletic and functional.

In my opinion, I had too much muscle gains.

So yes, you can gain muscle mass while Living Lean.


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